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AENEAS

SON OF THE GODDESS

A Companion to the Aeneid

by Raewyn Gilmour

ISBN 978 1 877332 61 6

Price: Retail NZ$40.00; Schools NZ$35.00; Multiple copies, 5 or more NZ$32.00

Contents

Introduction
Contents
Part 1 1
Chronology 2
Virgil 4
Quick Guide to The Aeneid 8
Epic Features in The Aeneid 11
Duality in The Aeneid 17
Patterns in The Aeneid 18

Part 2 Reading Guide 19
Book 1 20
Book 2 33
Book 3 48
Book 4 64
Book 5 75
Book 6 83
Book 7 97
Book 8 103
Book 9 110
Book 10 116
Book 11 123
Book 12 131

Part 3 143
Human Characters 144
Roman Religion 163
Divine Characters 165
Ideological Passages 177
The Aeneid as a Foundation Story 185
Similes 190

Part 4 Appendices 195
The Mycenaean World 196
Latium 200
Republican Rome 202
The Battle of Actium 209
Augustan Imagery 212
Res Gestae 212
Augustan Rome, The Building Programme 214
Ara Pacis 216
Forum of Augustus 218
Images of Augustus 219
Aristotle & Tragedy 221

Bibliography 223

Index 225

Maps and Plans
The Route of Aeneas and his Trojans v
Troy in Asia Minor 49
The Aegean and Western Greece 51
Southern Italy 56
Sicily 60
Latium 97
Pallanteum and the Site of Future Rome 104
Actium 210
Plan of Rome 214

 

 

About the Book:

The Aeneid is Virgil’s masterpiece. It is an intricate and complex epic which is to be read on several levels. This book is designed to assist students to read the whole work. It will help them to appreciate the way in which Virgil has structured his epic poem and how the repeating motifs add colour and interest for the reader.

The book will also assist students to extend their own study of the strengths and weaknesses of both the humans in the story and the gods on Mt Olympus and to form their own opinions and conclusions. They will gain an appreciation of Virgil’s version of the foundation story of Rome.

The geographic emphasis in the photographs and illustrations has been planned to encourage students to visualise the locations of the events and thus be assisted in their understanding of the material in Virgil’s story of ‘Aeneas, son of the goddess’ as he moves from east to west.

Raewyn Gilmour is an experienced teacher of Classical Studies in New Zealand schools.

 

From the Introduction:

The Aeneid is a complex literary composition which can be read on various levels.
New Zealand students of Year 13 Classical Studies concentrate on the first six books which cover Aeneas’ divine task to seek the site and found the New Troy. Within those six books the emphasis for New Zealand students is on Books 1, 2, 4 and 6. If a student restricts his or her reading to those sections only, a great opportunity will be lost.
To fully appreciate the first six books one should also grapple with Books 7-12. In many sections of The Aeneid the reader has to persevere because some of the descriptions may not be pleasing to the reader’s particular philosophy or ethical taste. The catalogues and long speeches need some concentration on the part of the reader. It is harrowing to read about the horrors of war, particularly for generations who have not had any close contact with the effects of war on individuals and families as well as individual states.
Over the centuries the most often read book of The Aeneid has been Book 4 which culminates in the tragedy of Dido. Students are entitled to form their own opinions of the affair of Dido and Aeneas, but it is good to be challenged to think of other points of view as well.
This guide to the reading of The Aeneid aims to assist students to read the whole of The Aeneid with some appreciation of its structure, intricacies and repeating motifs. It guides the reader to consider in some detail the heroic and divine characters and their behaviour. The guide will also assist readers to extend their own study of the strengths and weaknesses of both the humans in the story and the gods on Mt Olympus and form their own opinions and conclusions. They will also enjoy the whole of Virgil’s version of the foundation story of Rome.
The geographic emphasis in the photographs and illustrations has been planned to encourage students to visualise the locations of the events and thus be assisted in their understanding of the material in Virgil’s story of ‘Aeneas, son of the goddess’.

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